Internet Systems Consortium, the nonprofit programming group in charge of the Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) software, has begun selling commercial support for the widely used but low-profile open-source product. BIND endows a computer with Domain Name Service support, which translates textual Internet addresses into the numerical counterparts needed to send data; ISC estimates BIND is used on three-fourths of Internet servers.
ISC announced the commercial support in conjunction with the release of BIND version 9.3 last week. The organization offers three levels of support with varying prices, response times and consulting help. Annual contracts start at $5,000.